Nelson Conducts the Mass in B Minor

For a preview of what is coming to Chicago on March 27, watch this video clip of Maestro Nelson conducting Bach's Mass in B Minor at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.  (DVD available from SDG.)

For information on the history of the Chicago Bach Project, visit the Chicago Bach Project website.

Chicago Bach Project 2013: Mass in B Minor


The Chicago Bach Project, presented by Soli Deo Gloria, is returning to Chicago for its third year with a performance of Bach’s great choral masterpiece, the sublime Mass in B Minor. Hearing this work performed in a sacred space, which is what Bach originally intended, is sure to be a moving experience. The venue of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Lincoln Park, with its soaring ceilings, stained-glass windows, and beautiful front altar, offers a stunning visual environment and enhances the spiritual richness of the music.



Chicago Bach Project, St. Vincent de Paul Church

Maestro John Nelson, SDG's Founding Artistic Director, returns to conduct this annual concert as a part of a cyclical presentation of Bach's choral masterworks each year during the Easter season. Beginning in 2011 with the St. Matthew Passion, returning in 2012 with the St. John Passion, and continuing in 2013 with the Mass in B Minor, the Chicago Bach Project reflects the goal of Soli Deo Gloria as an organization, to offer classical sacred music at the highest level  both in the U.S. and abroad, and to honor the connection between the musical and the spiritual. (Read more about the history of the Chicago Bach Project.)



This year’s roster of soloists include Chicago’s own star soprano Nicole Cabell, American-born, Europe-based mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel, English bass-baritone Matthew Brook, and distinguished American tenor Stanford Olsen. Their combined extraordinary level of musicianship promises a beautiful interpretation of Bach's Mass.


The hand-selected Chicago Bach Choir is prepared by Donald Nally, former chorus master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and currently conductor of the Crossing, a professional chamber choir of Philadelphia, and director of choral organizations at Northwestern University. Many of the chorus and orchestra members are associated with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Festival, Ars Viva, and the music faculties of DePaul University and Wheaton College.

If you haven't heard the Bach Mass in B Minor sung in a sacred space before, a transcendent experience awaits you. If you haven't been able to attend a Chicago Bach concert before, this is one not to miss!

Chicago's classical radio station, 98.7 WFMT, will broadcast the concert live, with streaming on their website.



"Nelson will bring perhaps the most important reading of Bach's Mass this season."—Clef Notes: Chicagoland Journal for the Arts



Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

March 27, 2013

St. Vincent de Paul Church
1010 W. Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

John NELSON, conductor
Nicole CABELL, soprano
Jane HENSCHEL, mezzo-soprano
Stanford OLSEN, tenor
Matthew BROOK, bass
Chicago Bach Choir & Orchestra
Donald Nally, Chorus Master